Mark Wayne Bowden, age 55, of Shawnee, passed away on Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, in Oklahoma City.

Mark Wayne Bowden, age 55, of Shawnee, passed away on Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, in Oklahoma City.

He was born Sept. 15, 1960, in Frankfurt, Germany, to Jack Glen and Joqueta Glee (Chambers) Bowden. During his first few years he lived in Ft. Leonardwood, Missouri, for two years, Ft. Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, for three years, Ft Hood, Texas, for one year, before his family moved to Shawnee in 1968.

Mark entered the U.S. Navy in 1978 and served for nine and half years. He was stationed in San Diego, Connecticut, Newport, Virginia, Orlando, Florida, and Norfolk, Virginia. It was while he was in Orlando, Florida, that he met the love of his life, Terresia Gilley on a blind date and they were marred on Aug. 9, 1981, in Winter Garden, Florida. After his military service, he and Terresia moved to Shawnee in 1987, where they have resided since.

While growing up Mark worked at several gas stations, starting at age 12. He graduated from Shawnee High School in 1978. He obtained a CNC machinist certification from Gordon Cooper Vo-Tech. After moving back to Shawnee he worked as a CNC machinist. He was employed by Midas Muffler in Shawnee, was a service manager for Dinsmore and was a mobile service tech for Fred’s Tire and Battery.

Mark had a very creative eye and enjoyed woodworking in his spare time. He was also a great story teller and loved telling jokes. His grandchildren were the light of his life.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Bowden; two step fathers, Jerry Wilson and Jim Deturt; two sisters, Crystal Bowden and Kelly Elliott; and brother, Jeffrey Richardson.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Terresia Diane Bowden of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Felecia and Matt Sapp and Marsha and Jeremiah Kendrick, all of Yukon; one son and daughter-in-law, Joey and Rachel Bowden of Shawnee; mother, Joqueta Wilson of Shawnee; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Robin Schausten of Oklahoma City, Karen and Tim Terrel of Noble and Penny and Billy Factor of Shawnee; brother, Roger Wilson of Shawnee; five grandchildren, Paden, Michael, Eryka, Destiny and Davyn; and many loving friends and extended family.

Visitation will begin 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, with the family gathering to meet with friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, at Cooper Funeral Home.

Service will be 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5, at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Clint Dawkins of Sharon Baptist Church, Tecumseh, officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Shawnee under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

To share memories, or to sign the guestbook online, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.